Teacher Recruitment and Retention Advisory Board meet

The inaugural meeting of the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Advisory Board (TRRB) has been held in order to consider issues of teacher recruitment and retention.

Campaign to boost numbers entering engineering profession launches

A pioneering campaign to transform the way young people see engineering and boost numbers entering the profession has been launched today (15 January 2018).

Third of education professionals suffer from depression or anxiety

Thirty-two per cent of education professionals are suffering from mental health issues, new research shows.

Programme to help primary pupils understand news launches

Primary schools can register their interest in taking part in a new programme to help teachers empower their pupils to access, understand, analyse and participate in the news.

 New education secretary makes first school visit

Education secretary Damian Hinds has paid its first visit to at a primary school in Cambridgeshire.

Scottish pupils can now request addition educational support

Changes to the Additional Support for Learning Act 2004 have come into force, extended a range of rights for Scottish children aged 12 to 15.

Rise in education salaries for the first time in four years

Advertised salaries in the education sector rose by 4.2 per cent in 2017, the first yearly increase in four years.

Stratford-upon-Avon MP becomes education minister

Nadhim Zahawi, who is the MP for Stratford-upon-Avon has been named education minister in the cabinet reshuffle.

Following the appointment of a new education secretary amid the Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle, plans to widen access in grammar schools for disadvantaged pupils have been delayed.

Sensitive pupil data being taken by local authorities without consent

New research shows that authorities are pulling data about pupils in alternative provision without seeking consent from the children or parents.

Ofqual announce revised arrangements for GCSE computer science

Ofqual has announced that non-exam assessment will not count to the final 9 to 1 grade in GCSE computer science in 2018 or 2019.

Greening replaced as education secretary following cabinet reshuffle

Damian Hinds has replaced Justine Greening as education secretary in the prime minister’s cabinet reshuffle.

Parents have safety concerns over children walking or cycling to school, poll shows

Twenty-nine per cent of parents have said that a lack of cycle routes was a barrier for their child travelling actively to school each day

Government called on to ensure children in unregistered schools are safe

Hackney Council’s Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Commission has released a report into unregistered educational settings, calling on the government to strengthen legislation to ensure children in unregistered ‘schools’ are safe.

£26m fund for English hubs to boost child literacy

A Centre of Excellence for Literacy Teaching has been announced by education secretary Justine Greening to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds master the basics of reading in primary school.

 Healthy snacking resources for primary schools to be launched

Change4Life will be launching a suite of new resources for primary schools in order to inform pupils and families about healthier snacking choices.

Spike in exam malpractice by school staff

The number of penalties that have been issued to school and college staff for exam malpractice has increased by nearly 150 per cent.

Scottish teachers threaten to strike over pay

The EIS has warned that the pay of Scotland’s teachers must be substantially improved this year if strike action in schools is to be avoided.

Cash boost for charity urging professionals to take up teaching

A scheme to encourage the best experienced professionals to swap the boardroom for the classroom is to be backed by government funding to expand into Hastings.

Waitrose bans selling energy drinks to schoolchildren

Supermarket Waitrose has put a ban on the sale of energy drinks to under-16s due to concerns about its high levels of sugar and caffeine.

London Mayor encourages schools to take up knife wands

As part of measures to crack down on knife crime, London’s mayor Sadiq Khan is urging schools across the capital to take up his offer of using a knife detection wand.

Teacher training applications fall

The number of people applying for teacher training has decreased by 6,510 in comparison to the previous year.

Pupils need to be prepared for social media pressures

New research commissioned by Anne Longfield shows that schools need to help to prepare pupils for the demands of social media.

Pupils should limit snacks to two a day, PHE says

Public Health England (PHE) has launched the first Change4Life campaign in order to promote healthier snacks.

  Maximum classroom temperature needs to be established, EIS says

The EIS has called on the Scottish Government to establish a maximum acceptable temperature in Scotland’s schools.

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